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More Parables of Jesus (Part 2)

Like newborn babies, 

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation. 

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3 

Parables regarding prayer

Then he said to them, ‘Suppose one of you has a friend, and he goes to him at midnight and says, “Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have nothing to set before him.” Then the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children are with me in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’ I tell you, though he will not get up and give him the bread because he is his friend, yet because of the man’s boldness he will get up and give him as much as he needs. So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Luke 11:5-10

In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!’ And the Lord said, ‘Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?’ Luke 18:2-8

Regarding the Holy Spirit

Which of you fathers, if you son asks or a fish, will give him a snake instead? Or if he ask for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will you Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!’ Luke 11:11-13

Parable regarding trusting in riches rather than God

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself,  ‘What shall I do,  I have no place  to store my crops?’ Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.” But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.”           Luke 12:16-21

Parable regarding humility

When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your you seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honoured in the presence of all your fellow guests. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and everyone who exalts himself will be exalted. Luke 14:8-11

Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood up and prayed about himself: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men – robbers, evildoers, adulterers – or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’ But the tax collector stood at a distance. he would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.        Luke 18:10-14

Parable regarding evangelism

(evangelism means to proclaim the good news)

Jesus replied: ‘A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’  “Sir,” the servant said, “what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.” Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’  Luke 14:16-24

Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent.  Luke 15:4-7

Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbours together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:8-10

Parable regarding repentance and grace

Jesus continued: ‘There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his Father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. he longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of you hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son on mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate. Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. Bust we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’  Luke 15:11-32

Parable of unjust servant

Jesus told his disciples: ‘There was a rich man whose manager was accused of wasting his possessions. So he called him in and asked him, ‘What is this I hear about you? Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.’ The manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do now? My master is taking away my job. I’m not strong enough to dig, and I’m ashamed to beg- I know what I’ll do so that, when I lose my job here, people will welcome me into their houses.’ So he called in each one of his master’s debtors. he asked the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ Eight hundred gallons of olive oil,’ he replied. The manager told him, ‘Take you bill, sit down quickly, and make it four hundred.’ Then he asked the second, ‘And how much do you owe?’ ‘A thousand bushels of wheat,’ he replied. He told him, ‘Take your bill and make it eight hundred.’ The master commended the dishonest manager because he had acted shrewdly. For the people of this world are more shrewd in dealing with their own kind than are the people of the light. I tell you, use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings. Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little also be dishonest with much. So if you have not been trustworthy in handling worldly wealth, who will trust you with true riches? And if you have not been trustworthy with someone else’s property, who will give you property of your own? No servant can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.  Luke 16:1-13

The Story of Rich man and Lazaras

There was a rich man who was dressed in purple and fine linen and lived in luxury every day. At his gate was laid a beggar named Lazarus, covered with sores and longing to eat what fell from the rich man’s table. Even the dogs came and licked his sores. The time came when the beggar died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side. The rich man also died and was buried. In hell, where he was in torment, he looked up and saw Abraham far away, with Lazarus by his side. So he called to him, ‘Father Abraham, have pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, because I am in agony in this fire.’ But Abraham replied, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is comforted here and you are in agony. And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, so that those who want to go from here to you cannot, nor can anyone cross over from there to us. He answered, ‘Then I beg you, father, send Lazarus to my father’s house, for I have five brothers. Let him warn them, so that they will not also come to this place of torment. Abraham replied, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them listen to them.’ ‘No, father Abraham,’ he said, ‘but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.’ He said to him ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.’ Luke 16:19-31

Parable regarding being faithful servants

He said, ‘A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work’, he said, ‘until I come back.’ But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’  He was make king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. The first one came and said, ‘Sir, you mina has earned ten more.’ ‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’ Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did no sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’ Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ ‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing , even what he has will be taken away. But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them – bring them here and kill them in front of me.’  Luke 19:12-27

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More Parables of Christ

 Like newborn babies, 

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation. 

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3 

The vine

I am the true vine, and My Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. John 15:1-2

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me, and my words remain in you, ask whatever  you wish, and it be given you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit; showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:4-8

Life through death

I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man shot hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.  John 12:24,25

Loving your neighbor – Good Samaritan

In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. he went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ Which of those three do you think was a neighbour to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”  Luke 10:30-37

God the Father is Good to you, be good to others. 

Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  Matthew 7:9-12

God the Father’s heart for lost sheep.

What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on  the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? And if he finds it, I tell you the truth, he is happier about the one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost.  Matthew 18:12-14

Good and Bad Fruit

By their fruit you will recognise them. Do people prick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them. Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in you name, and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!  Matthew 7:16-23

Then he told this parable: A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any. So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, ‘For three years now I’ve been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven’t found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?’ ‘Sir,’ the man replied, ‘leave it alone for one more year, and I’ll dig around it and fertilise it. If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, cut it down.’  Luke 13:6-9

Parable regarding new and old

He said to them, ‘Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.’ Matthew 13:52

We can constantly learn new things about God and his Kingdom, but not at the expense of the existing foundations. We don’t throw out the old, just because we learn something new.

Parable about second chances

“What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ”Son, go and work today in the vineyard,” ‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went. Then the father went to the other son, and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go. Which of the two did what his father wanted? ‘The first,’ they answered. Jesus said to them, ‘I tell you the truth, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.’  Matthew 21:28-32

Parable rebuking Pharisees  – (see below for definition of Pharisees)

Listen to another parable:  There was a landowner who planted a vineyard. He put a wall around it, dug a winepress  in it and built a watchtower. Then he rented the vineyard to some farmers and went away on a journey. When the harvest time approached, he sent his servants to the tenants to collect his fruit. The tenants seized his servants, they beat one, killed another, and stoned a third. Then he sent other servants to them, more than the first time, and the tenants treated them the same way. Last of all, he sent his son to them ‘They will respect my son,’ he said.

But when the tenants saw the son, they said to each other, ‘This is the heir. Come, let’s kill him and take his inheritance.’ So they took him and threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner  of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants? 

‘He will bring those wretches to a wretched end’ they replied, ‘and he will rent the vineyard to other tenants, who will give him his share of the crop at harvest time.’

Jesus said to them,  ‘Have you never read in the Scriptures:

      “The stone the builders rejected

  has become the capstone.”

      ‘the Lord has done this,

      and it is marvelous in our eyes’? 

“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit. He who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, but on whom it falls will be crushed ” Matthew 21:33-44

Thayer Definition: Pharisees

1) A sect that seems to have started after the Jewish exile. In addition to OT books the Pharisees recognised in oral tradition a standard of belief and life. They sought for distinction and praise by outward observance of external rites and by outward forms of piety, and such as ceremonial washings, fastings, prayers, and alms giving; and, comparatively negligent of genuine piety, they prided themselves on their fancied good works. They held strenuously to a belief in the existence of good and evil angels, and to the expectation of a Messiah; and they cherished the hope that the dead, after a preliminary experience either of reward or of penalty in Hades, would be recalled to life by him, and be requited each according to his individual deeds. In opposition to the usurped dominion of the Herods and the rule of the Romans, they stoutly upheld the theocracy and their country’s cause, and possessed great influence with the common people. According to Josephus they numbered more than 6000. They were bitter enemies of Jesus and his cause; and were in turn severely rebuked by him for their avarice, ambition, hollow reliance on outward works, and affection of piety in order to gain popularity.

Parables regarding discerning the times

Now learn this lesson from the fig tree. As soon as its twigs get  tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, know that it is near, right at the doors.  Matthew 24:32-33

He said to the crowd:  “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and  it does. And when the south wind blow, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is.   Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?  Luke 12:54-56

Parables warning to be ready for Christ’s return

Who then is the  faithful and wise servant, whom the master has put in charge of the servants in his household  to give them their food at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose that servant is wicked and says to himself, ‘My master is staying away a long time,’ and he then begins to beat his fellow servants and to eat and drink with drunkards. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Matthew 24:45-51

At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their  lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. Five of them were foolish and five were wise. The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’  Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’ ‘No,’ they replied,  ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and by some for yourselves.’ But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’ But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’ Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour. Matthew 25:1-13

Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, like men waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. It will be good for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the  truth, he will dress himself to serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. It will be good fro those servants whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him. 

Peter asked, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?’

The Lord answered, ‘Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. But suppose the servant says to himself, ‘My master is taking a long time in coming.’ and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants and to eat and drink and get drunk. The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. That servant who knows his master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be beaten with many blows. But the one who does not know and does things, deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.’  Luke 12:35-48

Candle not to be hidden

No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disposed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.   Luke 8:16-18

No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place  where it will be hidden, or under a bowl. Instead he puts it on its stand, so that those who come in m see the light. Luke 11:33

Blind leading the blind / Speck in brother’s eye.

He also told them this parable: ‘Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in you own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.’ Luke 6:39-42

Forgiving Debts – Who will love the most

Two men owed money to a certain moneylender. One owed him five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. Neither of them had the money to pay him back, so he canceled the debts of both. now which of them will love him more?  

Simon replied, ‘I suppose the one who had the bigger debt canceled.’

‘You have judged correctly’ , Jesus said. Luke 7:41-43


Commands and various Teachings of Christ

Like newborn babies, 

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation. 

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

Some of the following scriptures are explicit commands of Jesus. Some of them are more like prescriptive behaviours as Christ taught them. Whatever Jesus said though, we need to take careful notice and ensure that we are applying them to our lives.

The Great Commission

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.  Matthew 28:19,20

He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.’ Mark 16:15-18

He told them, ‘This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.’ Luke 24:46,47

Let your light so shine before men

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16

Love your enemies

But I tell you: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,...  Matthew 5:44

If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.  Luke 6:32-36

Be perfect

Be perfect, therefore, as  your heavenly Father  is perfect.  Matthew 5:48

Seek first the Kingdom of God

But seek first his kingdom  and his righteousness, and all these things shall be given to you as well. Matthew 6:33

Treat others, the way you want to be treated. 

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.  Matthew 7:12

Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:31

Forgiving others

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins,  your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15

Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but  seventy-seven times. Matthew 18:21,22

And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may  forgive you your sins. Mark 11:25

New commandment – love one another

A new command I give  you:  Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must  love one another.  John 13:34

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.  John 15:12

This is my command: Love each other  John 15: 17

Keep the commands  if  you Love Jesus

If you love me,  you will obey what I command.  John 14:15

Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him.  John 14:21

Abide in him

Remain in me,  and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. John 15:4

Abide in His love

As the Father has loved Me, so have I  loved you. Now remain  in my love.  John 15:9

Keep commandments to abide in his love

If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  John 15:10

You are Jesus’ Friend if you keep his commands

You are my friends if you do what I command.  John 15:14

Don’t lay Treasures up on earth

Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. Matthew 6:19,20

Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Luke 12:33,34

Judge not 

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  Matthew 7:1

Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Luke 6:37

Fear not

So do not be afraid of them... Matthew 10:26

Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who cant destroy both soul and body in hell.  Matthew 10:28-31

Be merciful

Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Luke 6:36

Giving

Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Luke 6:30

Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. Matthew 5:42

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38

Washing one anothers feet

Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed you feet, you also should was one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.  John 13:14,15

Go the extra mile 

If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.  Matthew 5:41

Turn the other cheek

But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. Matthew 5:39,40

Let  your Yes be Yes or No be No

Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. Matthew 5:37


More teachings about the Kingdom of Heaven

Like newborn babies, 

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation. 

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

We are to pray for the kingdom to come.

He said to them, “When you pray, say:

       Father,

      hallowed be your name,

      your kingdom come.

 Luke 11:2

The kingdom should be sought after, above all.   

And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and you Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.  Luke 12:29-31

The kingdom of God is for the committed. 

 Jesus replied, “No one who  puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God. Luke 9:62

It is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom 

Jesus looked at him and said, ‘How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God! Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.’ Luke 18:24,25

The kingdom of God belongs to the poor and poor in spirit. 

 Looking at his disciples, and said:

      ‘Blessed are you who are poor,

      for yours is the kingdom of God.’ Luke 6:20

 Blessed are the poor in spirit,

      for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3

It would seem by Jesus’ teaching, and the teaching of the apostles that the poor in spirit (humble and broken spirit) and physically poor  have a special blessing.

The ‘rich in spirit’ (proud and self confident) don’t see a need for God. With less distractionsof material possessions and a greater dependency on God for their provision, the poor are rich in faith.

Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised to those who love him? James 2:5

We must receive the kingdom like a child. 

I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it. Luke 18:17

What is a child like? A child has an uncorrupted mind ready for his father/mother to teach him what is right. A child looks up to his father/mother and tries to imitate them. A child accepts the wisdom and knowledge of their parents as the greatest there is. A child is learning day by day and continually growing. A child realises his or her parents are much greater than themselvs and they need their parents help to get them through life. A child cries out to his father/mother for help in times of trouble. A child is comforted in the arms of his or her parents. A child trusts their parents, a child has faith in their parents, a child loves their parents.

The kingdom of God is within you 

 ..because the kingdom of God is within you. Luke 17:21

You must be born again to enter 

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the  kingdom of God unless he is born again.” John 3:3

What does it mean to be born again?

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one  can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. you hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.’ John 3:5-8

There is a certain element of mystery to being born again, which Jesus likened to the wind blowing, and not knowing where it comes from.

Being born again is a spiritual experience. It results from word of God being heard and being planted in the heart like a seed.

The seed is mixed with faith and grows, producing a new creation – a new spiritual being that is within the body, and is a spirit born of God.

The Kingdom of Heaven

Like newborn babies,

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

Jesus’ teaching on – The kingdom of Heaven

Jesus was declaring the establishment of a kingdom, not in a national or a civil sense, but as a spiritual kingdom. 

We read of the end result in Revelation 11:15‘..The kingdoms of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.’

It can be quite a mind boggling concept to grasp. Perhaps that is why Jesus taught about it so much in the form of parables, to illustrate in a multi faceted way the principles and concepts underlying the establishment of this kingdom.

Kingdom parables

 The seed principle

Things in the Kingdom of God start off small, but end up big.

He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard see, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.’  Matt 13:31-32

A ‘spiritual’ tree (metephorically) grows in the life of a repentant believer – (Jesus also said ‘the kingdom of God is within you’ Luke 17:1) The growth of this tree depends on the condition of the soil (or in other words the heart).

As a christian you can expect there to be spiritual growth, of a spiritual Kingdom within you. You must however care for this ‘spiritual plant’, ‘watering it’  with the word of God, letting the light of God’s word shine on it and getting rid of the weeds (sin, wrong thought patterns)

When we are born again, it is by the seed of the word.

‘For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God’ 1 Peter 1:23

We know that seeds reproduce after their own kind. (ie an apple seed will always produce and apple tree) If Jesus is the Word, then if the Word is planted in our hearts we will grow to become like Christ.

What does it mean to be born again?  Jesus spoke of this once in a conversation with a religous leader.

In reply Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again.” ‘How can a man be born when he is old?’ Nicodemus asked, ‘Surely he cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb to be born!’ 

Jesus answered, “I tell you the truth, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.’ The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:3-8

Like the origins of wind to a first century mind, there is an  element of mystery in the whole concept of being born again.

Like the below verse states ‘though he does not know how. ‘

He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain – first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.” Mark 4:26-29

Rather than trying to formularise being born again, or making it a claim of ours that we are ‘born again Christians’, we are far better off focusing on hearing and obeying the teachings of Jesus and putting our faith in him. The born again part will be a natural ‘albeit mysterious’ part of our faith.

Kingdom principle – The kingdom will  permeate throughout the whole earth bringing change. 

He told them still another parable: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough.” Matthew 13:33

The yeast is worked into the dough. We could see this as Christians bringing the kingdom of God through their lives, into the world until it is spread all the way through. There will be change and transformation (like the rising of the dough  when making bread). This story puts it clear in our minds that our purpose is to bring the kingdom of God to the world, and that there will be tangible change when we do. When we are at work, or school, or playing sport, or where-ever we are – if we are living for Christ, and for his kingdom, then we will be bringing a change to the environment through our influence.

Jesus also used another picture in teaching this principle.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13

In the days of Jesus, salt was also used in the preservation of foods. The salt penetrated the food to the point where it stopped the food from decaying. We are to be influencing the world, (which is a world tainted by sin and in a state of decay -wars, terrorism, poverty, sickness) and stopping the decay.

Kingdom principle – citizenship in the kingdom will cost us all that we have – but it is worth it.

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a  field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it. Matthew 13:44-46

When we make Jesus the Lord of our lives, we are surrendering all we are and have to him and for his Kingdom. While this may seem an impossibly hard thing for someone who has not seen the value of the treasure of Jesus, those who have seen a revelation of Jesus and his kingdom will be willing to give  up all for his sake.

Kingdom Principle- Forgiveness – a condition of recieving the Grace of God. 

Then Peter came to Jesus and asked , ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times. Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. THe servant fell on his knees before him. “Be patient with me,” he begged, “and I will pay back everything.” The servant’s master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. “Pay back what you owe me!” he demanded. His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, “Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.’ Matthew 18:21-35

Kingdom principle – God’s goodness and grace is  not based on  the works we do.

It may not seem fair that an evil man who repents and puts his faith in Christ the day before he dies is granted eternal life in the Kingdom of Heaven.  There may be many ‘good’ people who see themselves as more deserving of eternal life, than the evil man.

Jesus’s death on the cross was a sacrifice for all the sins of mankind. Even the most wicked of men can be forgiven by God, when then humble themselves, repent from their sins and put their faith in Jesus.

This is why Christains say ‘Salvation is not based on our works, but by the grace of God ‘

For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire men to work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them a denarius for the day and sent them into his vineyard. About the third hour he went out and saw others standing in the marketplace doing nothing. he told them, ‘You also go and work in my vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went. He went out again about the sixth hour and the ninth hour and did the same thing. About the eleventh he went out and found still others standing around. he asked them, ‘why have you been standing here all day long doing nothing? ‘ “Because no one has hired us,” they answered. He said to them ‘You also go and work in my vineyard.’ When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his foreman, ‘Call the workers and pay their wages, beginning with the last ones hired and going on to the first.’ The workers who were hired about the eleventh hour came and each received a denarius. So when those came who were hired first, they expected to receive more. But each one of them also received a denarius. When they received it, they began to grumble against the landowner. ‘These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.’ But he answered one of them, ‘Friend I am not being unfair to you. Didn’t you agree to work for a denarius? Take your pay and go. I want to give the man who was hired last the same as I gave you. Don’t I have the right to do what I want with my own money? Or are you envious because I am generous?’ So the last will be first, and the first will be last. Matthew 20:1-16

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:8-10

The Parables of Jesus – A necessary foundation

Like newborn babies,

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

A large portion of what is recorded of the spoken words of Jesus is his use of parables (stories) to teach and illustrate points. Because of the sheer volume of parables Jesus taught, we need to recognise that they are foundational in the forming of our conceptual understanding of the principles he taught.

Parable of the sower  

Again Jesus began to teach by the lake. The crowd that gathered around him was so large that he got into a boat and sat in it out on the lake, while all the people were along the shore at the water’s edge. He taught them many things by parables, and in his teaching said; ‘Listen! A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.’ Then Jesus said, ‘He who has ears to hear, let him hear.’ When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. he told them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on teh outside everything is said in parables so that ,

“they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!”

Then Jesus said to them, ‘Don’t you understand this parable? How then will you understand any parable? The farmer sows the word. Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them. Others, like seed sown on rocky places, hear the word and at once receive it with joy. But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away. Still others, like seed sown among thorns, hear the word ; but the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. Others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown. ‘ Mark 4:1-20

From this parable we can see that Jesus was teaching that not everyone who hears or even embraces his words goes on to be fruitful.

The devil (otherwise known as Satan), will do all he can to hinder your growth to become a fruitful Christian.

It is also important to know that the Christian life will not be easy. Persecution will arise for your faith as well as many distractions in this life that willl try and take you away from your faith.

This parable highlights the reality of true and false conversion. Some people may be calling themselves a Christian today, and have heard the word, but the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in have caused them to become unfruitful.

Jesus later warns in another parable about unfruitful Christians  :  ‘And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:30

When Luke retells this parable of the sower sowing seeds, he relates the good ground to having a good heart. The only way the heart can be good is through repentance. This highlights the importance of the previous lesson, not just as a once off but as a lifetime practice.

Parables of true and false conversion  

One of the major themes that comes through the parables (stories)  that Jesus taught is the idea of true and false conversion.

Jesus told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed heads, then the weeds also appeared.

The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’ “An enemy did this,” he replied. The servants asked him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ “No,” he answered, “because while you are pulling the weeds,  you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.’ Matthew 13:24-30

Then he left the crowd and went into the house. His disciples came to him and said, ‘Explain to us the parable of the weeds in the field.’ He answered, ‘The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.’ Matthew 13:36-43

Here we can see that out of the Kingdom of God (which includes what we would call the church today) there is and will be people that are an offence to God – False converts. They are in God’s Kingdom, like weeds amongst the wheat.  We can take this to mean there might be whole congregations that are ‘a part of the Kingdom of God’ but are actually an offense to God. This could also mean that sitting side by side in a church, there may be genuine Christians sitting alongside the ‘weeds’ or the ‘unfruitful’. The time for doing the weeding is not now, and it is not up to us. It is important however to realise and understand this warning from Jesus, and to make sure we are growing in righteousness rather than lawlessness.

Once again, the kingdom of heaven is like a net that was let down into the lake and caught all kinds of fish. When it was full, the fishermen pulled it up on the shore. Then they sat down and collected the good fish in baskets, but threw the bad away. This is how it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come and separate the wicked from the righteous and throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 13:47-50

The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my diner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ But they paid no attention and went off – one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. ‘Friend’, he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are invited, but few are chosen.’ Matthew 22:1-14

Jesus’ first message – Repentance (Part 2)


Like newborn babies,

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

Jesus’s first message – Repentance (Part 2)

In the last post I wrote about  repentance from sin.

How do we know if we are sinning?  We are sinning if we are breaking the commandments of God.

The commandments of God can be summed up by this:

1. Love God

2. Love mankind.

We have already  looked at different aspects of  loving God it the previous post.

Now we will look at some of what it means to love mankind.

Honouring your father and mother.

Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother,” which is the first commandment with promise: “that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” Ephesians 6:1-3

If we can’t love those who brought us into the world, can we really think that we could love others?

How do we honor our parents? The best way to describe it I can think of, is thinking of your father and mother as a King and a Queen, and treating them with that level of respect. While living in the same household they need to be obeyed.

As one grows up into adulthood, parents may tend to be bossy and make impractical commands and demands, but there is an honorable way responding. For example by saying ‘Dad, I hear want you are saying to me and I respect that. I will give it some thought, but at the end of the day, please understand that I will have to make my own decision.

When you are courting somebody with the intention of marriage, then honor your parents by making sure they get to know the person and seek their blessing on the relationship.

When your parents are sick, make sure you visit them/care after them if you are able to.

Not committing murder

You shall not murder. Exodus 20:13

This seems fairly straight forward until you understand how Jesus magnified this law, to say that murder committed in the heart is just as evil as murder committed in the flesh.

 “You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Do not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are angry with someone,  you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot,  you are in danger of being brought before the high council. And if you curse someone,  you are in danger of the fires of hell. Matthew 5:21-22

Murder also includes abortion.

Loving others means not committing sexual sins.

Sexual sins are not committed out of love, but out of lust and selfishness.

You shall not commit adultery. Exodus 20:14

Jesus magnified this command saying

You have heard that it was said  to those of old, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. Matthew 5:27,28

The question can be raised, when does admiring a woman’s beauty turn to lusting for her?

Admiring a woman’s beauty, or admiring the way a man looks is not sin. It is a product of our God given sex drive, that we find others attractive. But lusting after someone is sin. Where is the line between the two?  Let your conscience tell you, and allow the Holy Spirit to convict you when righteousness has been replaced with sin.

However, it is not something to be trying to find out where the line is. It can be a ‘slippery slope’ and shouldn’t be pushed to see how far one can go before sin is birthed.

It comes down to self control, and fearing God.

If we  seek the living water Jesus spoke of we will have our minds set on what the Spirit desires, rather than what the sinful nature desires.  The water of life that is a free gift for those who wish to take it (see Revelation 22:17) will quench the thirst of the soul and all its worldly desires. The water Jesus gives wells up into eternal life.

Sex is a sacred and beautiful thing, intended for the pleasure of a man and woman  in a covenant of marraige.

There was a man in the Bible called Joseph who faced the temptation of committing adultery.

But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled and ran outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard that I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.” Genesis 39:11-15

While this kind of temptation may not face itself in the modern world all that often for the average person, the fact is that if you can’t resist the temptation to look at pornography on the internet or in a magazine – you will not be able to face the temptation if someone is throwing themselves at you like what Joseph experienced.  Therefore, you have sinned in your heart, betraying yourself, God, and your spouse if you have one.

 But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; Ephesians 5:3

Loving others means not stealing

 You shall not steal. Exodus 20:15

It doesn’t matter how small – a pen from your employer, downloading copyright music  or software that you have not purchased, or making up things on your tax return.

Loving others means not lying.

You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. Exodus 20:16

You cannot have God as your Father when you are a liar. Your father defaults to Satan.

Telling lies and not repenting from them is enough to keep you from the kingdom of Heaven.

But the cowardly,  unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Loving others means  we don’t covert and desire their possessions .

You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s. Exodus 20:17

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Some scriptures regarding repentance. 

From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17

Jesus said to him, “If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” Matthew 19:21

The previous scripture is an example of repenting from the love of money and possessions.

 ‘…but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.’ Luke 13:3

 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents. Luke 15:10

...and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. Luke 24:47

She said, “No one, Lord.”

And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go  and sin no more.” John 8:11

Jesus’ First Message – Repentance


Like newborn babies,

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

Jesus’ first message –  Repentance (Part 1) 

 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17

Jesus was calling everyday people, to reconsider the way they were living their lives. He was calling them to be ready to embrace a new way of living in the Kingdom of God.

Repentence is also about turning away from sin. Changing direction from wrong to right. What is Sin?  Sin is breaking the commandments of God.

Jesus told a story of a young man who which illustrates repentance. Read the passage below.

Jesus continued, “There was a man who had two sons. The younger said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 

Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off  for a distant country and there, squandered his wealth in wild living.   After he had spent everything , there was a severe famine in that whole country and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ So he got up and went to his father. 

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  The son said to him, ‘Father, I’ve sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals, on his feet. Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.” So they began to celebrate.  

Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and you father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’ The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. But  he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ “My son, ‘ the father said, “you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again, he was lost and is found.” Luke 15:11-32

From this passage we can see a story that reveals of the heart of our Father in Heaven, who is not going to continue to condemn us when we repent, but rather embrace us as sons and daughters who were once lost, but have now been found. We don’t have to be afraid of the consequences of repenting.

We just have to be afraid of the consequences of not repenting.

The seriousness and of sin and its consequences are highlighted by Jesus when he says

‘If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.’ Matthew 5:29

Jesus doesn’t mean this  literally (no one would be silly enough to blind themselves), but it is like a parable to illustrate that sin is really bad.

We can be assured of our forgiveness of our sins when we repent, because Jesus was the sacrifice for our sins, when he was crucified.

How do we know if we are sinning?  We are sinning if we are breaking the commandments of God.

The commandments of God can be summed up by this:

1. Love God

2. Love mankind.

What does it mean to love God?

If you love God you will have no other gods.

Jesus said –

‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. ‘ Matthew 22:37,38

It is so easy to be self centred in our way of thinking and living, rather than God centred.  We want to be in control of our lives, to do what we want to do, when we want to do it. In effect we make ourselves ‘gods’.

We often fool ourselves into believing we know what is best for our lives and go and do it. Instead, we should be coming before our maker, and asking him what is His direction and seek His approval for the way ahead.

We need to be seeking to do the will of the Father, and do it…if we truely have no other Gods in our lives.

We can also easily make money, our careers, sports and entertainment like god’s in our lives. These things can be innocent enough, however when they begin to dictate our actions, thoughts and our very lives being centred with eg. money having the supreme importance in our lives it becomes like a ‘god’ or an idol.

If we love God, we will have our heart’s totally devoted to him.

Are you willing to let go of your control over your life and make Jesus truely ‘Lord’ ?

This is where repentance begins.

During the time when Jesus was on earth ministering as a man, he discerned that a young man who approached him had made money and possessions his god. He challenged the man to sell all that he had and then follow him – thus repenting of breaking the command to have no other gods.

Emptying ourselves of our so called ‘right’ to do as we please, and to unconditionally submit ourselves to God might be a scarry thought. Pride within us will rise up to tell us to hold on to everything we have known to be ‘who we are’.

But, the way to life, (eternal life), is making our love for God, the first and foremost of importance in our lives.

Our salvation depends on our confession of faith that Jesus is LORD.

‘…that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.’ Romans 10:9

What does it mean to confess Jesus is Lord?  What are we actually saying?

The Greek word that is translated ‘Lord’ in the above passage is kurios.  Thayer’s Greek Definitions says:

1) he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord

1a) the possessor and disposer of a thing

1a1) the owner; one who has control of the person, the master

1a2) in the state: the sovereign, prince, chief, the Roman emperor

1b) is a title of honour expressive of respect and reverence, with which servants greet their master

1c) this title is given to: God, the Messiah

 So, we can ask ourselves, ‘Do I belong to Jesus? Have I given him the power to decide what goes on with my life? Does he possess me?  Have I  surrendered my life to Him, to the extent that I see Jesus as my owner, who has control over my life?  Do I live my life in a way that gives honour, respect and reverence to God?

If you haven’t already, you need to declare Jesus is your Lord. Speak out aloud. Tell him that you surrender your life to him.

There is no other way that leads to life, to eternal life, than making Jesus your LORD.

Don’t worship idols if you love God

You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything  in heaven above, or on the earth beneath, or  in the water below.You shall not bow down to them or worship them. Exodus 10:4,5a

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although  they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles. Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather that the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen  Romans 1:18-25

One aspect of an idol is like the worship of gold budda statues. As a christian, we definitely need to get rid of alls physical idols out of our lives. They are simply an offense to the one true living God.

Another type of idol is when we make a false image of God in our mind. For example, if we say for example ‘My God understands me. He knows my heart and my weaknesses. He won’t mind if I continue in this adulterous affair’, or  ‘God understands why I need to keep lying’ then we are fashioning our own type of god to suit our sinful life.

This is also idolatry.

It is so important that we learn from scriptures the true character of God, who he is and what he says. This will ensure that we will not fall into the trap of worshipping an image of a god (idol) we have created in our own minds.

If we are covetous and greedy, this is also considered idolatry.

Put to death…greed, which is idolatry. Colossians 3:5

 Don’t blaspheme the name of God. 

You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses His name. Exodus 20:7

One aspect of  blaspheme is when we use the names of God as swear words. God’s name is holy, and he will judge those who dishonor his name.

No excuses for it being a ‘cultural part of the language’ will stand.

Another aspect of  this is that when we become a Christian, we represent Christ here on Earth. He commanded us to go and preach in his name.

If we are representing Christ, we have to live according to what his name represents. Otherwise this also, is blaspheming the name of God.

And whatever you do, whether  in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. Colossians 3:17

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 

Remember the Sabbath day by  keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant, or your maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. Exodus 20:8-11

Keeping one day a week aside as a holy day, is really a good signpost for us in our lives as to whether we are too busy to  love God.  A signpost as to whether our faith is genuine, and whether we are able to trade off working for spending time  seeking, fellowshipping, worshipping and loving on God.

Jesus said ‘The Sabbath was  made for man, not man for the Sabbath’

By this he means that the Sabbath is meant to be a day for us, to help us, to bless us, to build up our faith.  Not for us to legalistically conform to a set of rules.

The Sabbath is not about the day, it is about the person (Jesus the Lord of the Sabbath). It is about  taking time out from the busyness of life, it is about ‘drawing a line in the sand’ and saying, because I love God, I will devote this day to fellowship with God in prayer, reading of his word, fellowship with family and other believers.

Although meant for a blessing, the idea of a Sabbath is prone to be embraced by the legalistic, people thinking that because they observe the sabbath, they are more righteous that others, that only observing the sabbath on certain days will lead to salvation.

If we are becoming legalistic in our ideas and approach of the Sabbath, we have got it wrong. Keep it as a concept of patterning our lives to remember to give God his due honour, to recharge our spirits as we wait upon him, but with all the flexibility and grace that a loving father gives.

Jesus the Son of God Part 2

Like newborn babies,

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

Jesus the Son of God is Eternal.
“I am the Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God. “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1

Jesus is the King of Kings

‘..before his throne’. Revelation 1:4b

They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is the Lord of lords and King of kings … Revelation 17:14

On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:16

Jesus is the faithful witness

..and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness..Revelation 1:5

These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness...Revelation 3:14

Jesus is resurrected from the dead

..the firstborn from the dead....Revelation 1:5

I am the Living One, I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! Revelation 1:18

These are the words of him who is the First and the Last, who died and came to life again. Revelation 2:8

Jesus is the ruler of the kings of the earth

..and the ruler of the kings of the earth. Revelation 1:5

Jesus love us

To him who loves us... Revelation 1:5b

Jesus has freed us from our sins by his blood 

..and has freed us from our sins by his blood...Revelation 1:5b

Jesus has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father 

and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father. Revelation 1:6

You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God... Revelation 5:10

Jesus is Almighty

..the Almighty. Revelation 1:8b

Jesus holds the keys of death and hell 

And I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:18b

Jesus has a sharp, double edged sword 

and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. Revelation 1:16

These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword. Revelation 2:14

Jesus walks among the churches 

These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands. Revelation 2:1  ….the seven lampstands are are seven churches. Revelation 1:20

Jesus knows and is interested in the deeds of the church

I know you deeds, you hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. Revelation 2:2

I know your deeds, your love and faith, your service and perseverance, and that you are now doing more than you did at first. Revelation 2:19

I know your deeds; you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Revelation 3:1b

I know your deeds. Revelation 3:8

I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. Revelation 3:15

Jesus calls his church to repent from losing first love

Yet I hold this against you: you have forsaken your first love. Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. Revelation 2:4-5

Jesus calls his church to listen to the Spirit 

He who has and ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. Revelation 2:7, Revelation 2:11, Revelation 2:17, Revelation 2:29, Revelation 3:6, Revelation 3:13, Revelation 3:22

Jesus calls his church to be overcomers 

To him who overcomes. Revelation 2:7, Revelation 2:17, Revelation 2:26, Revelation 3:5, Revelation 3:12, Revelation 3:21

Jesus will reward overcomers

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to eat from the tree of life, which is in the paradise of God. Revelation 2:7

To him who overcomes, I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name written on it, known only to him who receives it. Revelation 2:17

To him who overcomes and does my will to the end, I will give authority over the nations- …just as I have received authority from my Father, I will also give him the morning star. Revelations 2:26-28

He who overcomes will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out his name from the book of life, but will acknowledge his name before my Father and his angels. Revelation 3:5

Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God. Never again will he leave it. I will write on him the name of my God and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God; and I will also write on him my new name. Revelation 3:12,13

To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne. Revelation 3:21

Jesus calls his church to repent from holding on to false teaching

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: You have people there who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin by eating food sacrificed to idols and by committing sexual immorality. Likewise you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. Repent therefore!  Revelation 2:14-16

Jesus calls his church to repent from sexual immorality

Nevertheless, I have this against you: You tolerate that woman Jezebel, who calls herself a prophetess. By her teaching she misleads my servants into sexual immorality and the eating of food sacrificed to idols. I have given her time to repent of her immorality, but she is unwilling. So I will cast her on a bed of suffering, and I will make those who commit adultery with her suffer intensely, unless they repent of her ways. Revelation 2:20-22

Jesus searches the heart and mind of his church 

Then all the churches will know that I am he who searches hearts and minds   Revelation 2:23

Jesus will repay his church according to their deeds

and I will repay each of you according to your deeds.Revelation 2;23

Jesus calls his church to repent from being dead 

you have a reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Wake up. Strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of my God. Remember, therefore, what you have received and heard; obey it, and repent. Revelation 3:1b-3a

Jesus is holy and true

These are the words of him who is holy and true Revelation 3:7

Jesus opens doors no one can shut and closes doors no one can open 

who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can open. I know your deeds. See, I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut. Revelation 3:7-8

Jesus is the ruler of God’s creation Revelation 3:14

Jesus rebukes and disciplines those he loves 

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline Revelation 3:19

Jesus calls his church to repent from lukewarmness Revelation 3:19

Jesus is worthy 

You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals Revelation 5:9

Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory  and praise!  Revelation 5:12

Jesus purchased me for God by his blood

because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation Revelation 5:9

Jesus will come to bring wrath upon the earth

Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand? Revelation 6:15-17

Jesus is a shepherd

For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd, he will lead them to springs of living water. Revelation 7:17

His Kingdom will reign on earth forever and ever

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever. Revelation 11:15

Jesus the Son of God

Like newborn babies,

thirst for the pure milk of the word

 so that by it you may grow in your salvation.

Surely you have tasted that the Lord is good! 1 Peter 2:2,3

The best selling fictional book of that came out a number of years ago is the Divinci Code by Dan Brown.
This book makes the claim that Jesus was not the Son of God. The chances are, that along with all the hype, you have heard what Dan Brown had to say. Lets be sure that we also find out what the Bible has to say about Jesus the Son of God.

Before we were born, we only existed in the mind of God.  We become real people when we were conceived and born.
However before Jesus was born around 2000 years ago, the Jesus the Son of God always existed along with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit.
Jesus has been there from the beginning. In the book of Revelation in the Bible, we find out that one of the many names of Jesus is ‘The Word of God’ (see Revelation 19:13)

John, one of Jesus’ disciples, tells us that the Word was there from the beginning.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
In other words, in the beginning was Jesus, and Jesus was with God, and Jesus was God.

And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:14

When Jesus was born into this world, although his identity as the Son of God did not change, his attributes did.
As a small baby, he was totally vulnerable. No longer was he all powerful, all knowing and an ever present God. He needed his nappy changed (or whatever they used back then), he needed to be nursed with milk, he cried, he became totally dependant on his mother and earthly father to raise him.

Paul one of the first century church founders, wrote this about Jesus:
Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Philippians 2:5-11

Everything Jesus did when was on earth, he did it as a man, as a human being (but the only perfect human being) He highlighted this when he often referred to himself as the Son of Man, rather than the Son of God. Miracles were done as a man having faith in the power of God, and by the Power of God’s Holy Spirit, not by Jesus doing the miracles because he was the Son of God.
Jesus needed to pray to communicate with the God the Father and get direction for his day to day activities. He did not know everything even though he was still the Son of God.
Though he was in the form of a man, his identitiy was still as the Son of God. Nothing could change who he was and always had been, however his function was in the capacity as the ‘Son of Man’.

It is vitally important to the very foundation of our Christian faith that we understand and recognise Jesus – not just as the perfect man – but also His identity as the Son of God.

Prophecies regarding the Messiah

There are many prophecies written about the Messiah, – Jesus fulfilled them all. For example:

Approximately 680 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah prophesied and told of a virgin giving birth to a child known as Emanuel – which means ‘God is with us’.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14

Approximately 710 years before Jesus was born the prophet Micah foretold the exact place where the ‘messaiah’ would be born.

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
      Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
      Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
      The One to be Ruler in Israel,
      Whose goings forth are from of old,
      From everlasting.” Micah 5:2

What the bible says about Jesus the Son of God.

He was concieved by the Holy Spirit and born of a Virgin.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 1:18

And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Luke 1:35
It is easy for skeptics to argue there is no proof of this ever taking place.
But think about this. He is the only person in history ever said to be born of a virgin. There is no debate about virgin birth over any other person!
For someone to be sinless, as Jesus was said to have been, then it makes absolute sense that his conception be from God rather than man. The virgin birth separates Jesus from being just another man.

– A voice from heaven gave witness that Jesus was the Son of God.

Matthew, one of Jesus’ twelve disciples writes :

And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matthew 3:17

Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Then Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, let us make here three tabernacles: one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.”
While he was still speaking, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them; and suddenly a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Hear Him!” And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their faces and were greatly afraid. Matthew 17:1-6

Peter,(Jesus’ disiple) later writes of this experience he had with Jesus, the Son of God.

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty. For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount. 2 Peter 1:16-18

– Jesus himself said that he was the messiah and the Son of God

The woman said to Him, “I know that Messiah is coming” (who is called Christ). “When He comes, He will tell us all things.”
Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am He.” John 4:25,26

But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest answered and said to Him, “I put You under oath by the living God: Tell us if You are the Christ, the Son of God!”
Jesus said to him, “It is as you said. Nevertheless, I say to you, hereafter you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven. Matthew 26:63,64

– Jesus was resurrected from the dead and was exalted to the right had of God.

‘…which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.’ Ephesians 1:20-21

God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, Hebrews 1:1-3

– The disciples of Jesus testified that he is the Son of God.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life— the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us— that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ. 1 John 1:1-3

Then those who were in the boat came and worshiped Him, saying, “Truly You are the Son of God.” Matthew 14:33

Simon Peter answered and said, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Matthew 16:16.

A revelation of Jesus the Son of God.

It is important to extend our vision and understanding of Jesus, from Jesus the Son of Man as he is primarily revealed in the gospel writings, and see him as the Almighty God that he truely is and who we have the privledge of serving.
Some people have a mental image of Jesus being a skinny man with a perplexed expression, with a sheep under his arm and being dressed in something that looks like a nighty. Read the below bible verses and allow them to paint a more fuller picture of the awesome reality of Jesus the Son of God. These verses are written by the apostle John, one of Jesus’ disciples. He wrote it after having a supernatural vision and revelation of Jesus.

Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death. Revelation 1:12-18

Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16

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